Train of thought

For some train traveling is a big part of their lives. Here are some interesting facts about mass transit.

Want won’t one do for a penny?

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In the days of where tokens could get you somewhere (train), criminals would often intentionally jam turnstiles and then use their mouths to suck tokens out of the slots.  In response to this disgusting form of theft, token booth clerks would often sprinkle chili powder or mace into the slots to deter thieves.

The rich path

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There is a secret train platform underneath the Waldorf-Astoria building that extremely rich people could use. President Franklin Roosevelt used the station to help hide the fact that he used a wheelchair.

Automatic

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The Copenhagen metro is a 24/7 driverless electric system with a sweet view.

How much for a pizza?

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There is a tongue-in-cheek, but fairly accurate, economic principle known as the New York Pizza Connection, which states that the average price of a slice of pizza matches the cost of a ride on the subway. When one increases, the other tends to follow.

Oops A’Baby 

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About 80 women go into labor on NYC subways every year.

Up for some adventure?

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In 1993, 16-year-old Keron Thomas posed as a train conductor and drove an A train for three hours and safely delivered passengers to their destinations before he accidentally triggered an emergency brake on a fast curve.

Distant future technology now not so distant.

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1. Superconducting vacuum trains  (ETT). They work like a vacuum, sucking the train forward at an extreme speed. In fact it could potentially go as fast as 4,039 mph which means , a trip from New York two Beijing would only take two hours.

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2.. This is definitely one of the most interesting public transportation concepts we’ve encountered over the years when it comes to reducing urban congestion, while making use of existing infrastructure. The “straddling bus” would roll on stilts above traffic using small tracks positioned between lanes of traffic while passengers get on and off at elevated bus stops. The result: additional people carrying capacity for urban roads, no disruption to traffic and no need to build completely independent track systems.


Sources cited:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesgrebey/facts-about-the-nyc-subway-that-you-probably-didnt-know

http://www.gizmag.com/future-transport/22959/

http://www.snapple.com/real-facts/list-view

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/15-fascinating-facts-about-the-worlds-metro-systems

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